THE HILLTOP, MARS HILL COLLEGE, MARS HILL, NORTH CAROLINA
'Plain Living and High Thinking''
Published Semi-Monthly during the School Year by the Students of
Mars Hill College. Subscription Price 50c Per Semester.
Entered at the Post Office, Mars Hill, N. C., as Second Class Matter
February 20, 1926.
Lena Sue Shermer
John A. McLeod
Sam Smith Horace Chamblee Bill Angeli.
James Walker Bill Blaine Horace Morton
Vernon Bixby Charles Radford
MARCH 19, 1938.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of guest edi
torials to be published in The Hilltop. This issue Dean I. N. Carr
is the guest editorialist.]
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No more important matter has ever faced a person than that of
making and retaining friends. It is a subject that has provoked
thought and discussion among the thinkers of all ages. It may well
arrest the attention of college students. One writer said, “The way
to make friends that will last long is to be a long time making them.”
The Greeks put it, “Do not make friends quickly.” Deep and abiding
friendship grows out of unselfishness. The self-lover has no rival.
Heredity gives us our relatives, but we choose our friends. Socrates
once said, “A friend is another self.” Skill must be exercised in the
retention of friends. The quickest way to lose a good friend is to lend
him money. True friendships are rare.
The apostles told the Master everything that they did. How
many of us know persons whom we should like to tell everything?
A friend is one in whom we may confide. Time, which wears most
things away, serves only to make true friendship beautiful. Friend
ship is immortal. It is one of life’s greatest treasures. The person
who forgets or neglects to warm the hearth of friendship will grow
into a life of loneliness and seclusiveness. Probably the best time
to form wholesome, uplifting, and permanent friendships is during
the period of college attendance. Friends should consist of old, mid
dle-aged, youth and children. Older persons should not neglect chil
dren as they grow up. Youth will help fill up the vacancies of life
in its later years. “The tree dies stripped of bark and leaves; so no
man can live without friends.”
For the last few weeks the societies on the campus have been
engaged in temperance reading contests. It is quite an interesting
thing indeed to note the many comparisons drawn between strong
drink and other calamities in the lives of people and nations.
In one instance the fact is brought to bear that the flood,
which swept over a wide area last year, must never happen again.
Steps must be taken to control the waters of these rivers so that
American people might be protected from the merciless waters of
such a flood. Millions of dollars have been spent in flood control and
millions more must be spent in order to hold back this peril. The
fact is then brought out that strong drink is constantly flooding our
land and steps should be taken to control this peril.
The picture of the flood brings a realization of that which has
happened, and what a tragedy it was to the people of that particular
section. Let us go further into the matter, taking the wars that are
evident as an example.
When the fury of all man-made destructive powers are loosed in
the next war, the tales and news-stories hot from the battlefronts
will be enough to completely paralyze the nervous system of a hu
man being. Yet while the preparations were being made bit by bit
for this war, no one thought any such results could have grown from
gradual preparation. Man will stop to try to collect his senses. He
will wonder why it ever happened, and all over again he will swear
that it cannot, must not, and shall not be again.
The same applies in this case as did in the case of the flood.
'The preparation, bit by bit, led the nations to the point of intoxica
tion for more wealth and adventure, with the final result being
crushed and poverty stricken nations.
Temperance could be well used and exercised in the case of all
our present day war propaganda as well as in the case of strong
drink. Why drink an excess of this form of literature and go war-
mad? In the meantime, however, efforts could be put forth to try
to control this thing called war. The words “mercy” and “modera
tion are totally unknown to the vocabulary of war, so there is a
point in being 100 per cent temperate in this form of indulgence.
—E. F. B.
SPRING IS ALWAYS MAGIC
Have you ever stared intently
as a magician persisted in pulling
rabbits from empty hats, heavy
objects out of thin air, and coins
from your pockets? You saw, but
yet you did not see. Such is
spring—magic word—the abraca
dabra of the Master Magician. His
stage is the whole world; all
nature is His stooge. By merely
blowing His warm breath upon
sleeping seeds and stripped stalks,
the ephemeral masterpieces unite
with a myriad of colors, de
signed upon an easel, and radiat
ing aromas that hold you spell
bound. Just with the whispered
word, “Spring”, animals resume
a life that has laid dormant de
spite the hullabaloo of humans.
He might not pull a
an empty hat, but
a million birds into
put a song in each (
Already I hear the
spring will always
IN THIS GASE|
BY EUGENE BRISSIE
Hitler—upon whose shoulders
world crisis rests—once faced
starvation. He says it didn’t look
at all pleasant; therefore, it must
have been a mutual feeling.
“The average girl’* notion
of an ideal boy friend is one
that is clever enough to make
money and foolish enough to
spend it”—says a San Francisco
writer. He insists that his ideal
girl must be industrious. Perhaps
it would be of interest to him
to know that the girl that can
knit often has the best yarn also.
Into the valley of death
rode the 600, but they didn’t have
anything on the 700 of Mars Hill
who have been and are facing
mid-season exams. Spring holidays
are next in order and then the
last lap of another school year
will be under way. Already some
are beginning to wonder if this
is going to be their lucky sum
make quite an interesting study.
Many of these “sayings,” or
proverbs, originated in China, but
have been changed somewhat in
being handed down to the civili
zation of the “West.” For in
stance, one original Oriental
proverb says, “A man’s possessions
speak in behalf of his recognized
abilities.” This has been modified
quite a bit if our “money talks”
came from it.
If money talks.
We wonder why;
We only hear
It say good-bye.
may we take this opportunity to
extend our sincerest wishes to
you for a pleasant spring va
cation. So rare are the days of
March; then come perfect va-
This Years Crop
Footprints in the Stands of
We wonder what Johnny Crisp
thought when he returned from a
pleasant time at home recently to
find a bunch of dopes having a
party in his room. Incidentally,
his roommate was gone home too!
. . . Mr. Stringfield, in Bible class,
told us that the devil could be
found at places other than Caro
lina, but he didn’t seemed con
vinced . . . Tony Morrison and
Harold Early started to Miami,
got as far as Greenville, S. C.,
and turned around and came back
because they forgot their bathing
suits. Better luck next time,
boys . . . Melvin (that’s his real
name) “Ace” Elias has kindly
consented to divulge his secret.
He has announced a lecture course
on “How I Hold The Women,” or
“The Gentle Art of Jiujitsu.”
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cations if they ever come. But
again may we remind you that
only a matter of days will remain
in the semester when you return,
and then the twilight of another
school year will have fallen.
Would you mind if we referred
you to the trite piece of advice,
“Make the most of your time”?
BY LENA SUE S^
According to our
Stringfield, “Five of
fields have been stude
Hill college.” In ordcijg
P. C. Stringfield
from this college in 1
classical diploma. Fro
went to Wake Forest ^
received his B. A. Degi
During the next yci j
principal of the S(
Institute, and from 19 ^
was a teacher of the
in Knoxville, Tennesse
Mr. Stringfield rec ^
Bachelor Degree fro _
went to the Universitj^
sylvania where he re"
M.A. Degree the sam«
was an active pastor ^
years while serving as ^
The twenty-three ye ^
teacher at Mars Hill c( j
been divided into two u
first w'as from 1909-i.
the second beginning in
son, Preston Calvin, is
in this college now.
Dr. O. L. Stringfield
from this college in 1!
Wake Forest he receive
Degree in Medicine am
from New York Univ
present he is a phya
pediatrician in the Stan
pital, Stamford, Connel
is also an instructor in
in the New York Univa
Dr. Stringfield’s daugi
is a student here.
from Mars Hill in 19H
and Literature, ^he thei
Lexington college in Mis
a while she was the I
music at Mars Hill co
now resides with her
P. C. Brantley, at We
Brantley is a druggist tl
Lamar Stringfield w
dent of Mars Hill fr
1915. From here he
Wake Forest. In the arn
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